Both Breaking Bad and The Sopranos represent the pinnacle of television’s Golden Age. But one new fan theory connects the two shows. The Sopranos premiered in 1999 and went on to win numerous awards during its eight-year run as the story of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) & his mafia-led criminal empire unfolded dramatically. The end of The Sopranos in 2007 would herald the birth of another television behemoth in the form of Breaking Bad.
Which went on to win no less than 16 Primetime Emmy Awards – among others – over its five stellar seasons.
Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, openly acknowledged The Sopranos’ influence on his neo-western crime drama. In a 2013 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan famously stated, “Without Tony Soprano, there would be no Walter White.” Gilligan stated in the same interview that the juxtaposition of Breaking Bad’s Walter White (Bryan Cranston) competing for internal character arose after meeting Gandolfini.
As he was “struck by the disconnect between it scary mob boss and the warm and friendly man who played him.”
According to one Reddit fan theory, the connection between The Sopranos and Breaking Bad is more than just inspiration. In an incredibly detailed post, one user compares each series side by side, claiming that Breaking Bad is, in fact, a mirror image of The Sopranos. According to this mirror-image theory, rather than being inspire by The Sopranos. Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad inverts every Sopranos scene to tell its own story.
Acting as a detailed series of homages to David Chase’s great HBO TV drama.
Breaking Bad and The Sopranos appear to act in perfect symmetry to one another. According to Reddit user DrSatan420247’s analysis of the two shows side by side. Breaking Bad’s plot is litter with inversions of The Sopranos’ scenes, demonstrating. That each set’s sophisticated and extensive mirroring goes beyond mere homage. In other words, these parallels are not merely Sopranos Easter eggs. But rather polarised portraits of big and small moments from the HBO series. That Gilligan has used as the foundation for his entire Breaking Bad narrative.